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10 Building Blocks for a Great Montessori School

It is an educational system and a way of life that has been with us in OC for more than 50 years, but do you know what defines a Montessori most?

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In 1970, Mrs. Qudsia Roston, who is intimately connected to the Montessori system, by virtue of the fact that she grew up in Dr. Maria Montessori’s household, started the Roston Montessori Institute for Teacher Training, to develop the new breed of educators here in Orange County, notes Lynne Mills, the Administrator of 51-year-old Heritage Montessori. “We chose this name for our school because of the rich Montessori tradition that goes back for generations. Heritage still uses her training method and notes, most of which are directly from Dr. Montessori’s original course. Heritage’s newest 4.5 million dollar state-of-the art campus in Lake Forest opened in September. While the campus is new and updated for the digital age, the school continues to exemplify the classic Montessori principles and philosophy of life embodied in Dr. Montessori’s book “The Absorbent Mind”: a unique method of education using innovative materials with which to educate, and a system of training which is capable of producing teachers who give children the best possible foundation for life with one primary directive to “follow the child.”

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